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East Midlands Energy Summit 2020 will explore region’s potential for central role in ‘Build Back Better’ agenda

A sustainable and low-carbon economy will be top of the agenda at the 2020 East Midlands Energy Summit this month.

The free online event on Thursday 19 November will explore how Government, businesses, academia and civil society can come together to ensure clean growth can underpin the local economy in the post-Covid era.

Hosted by East Midlands Chamber and the University of Nottingham’s energy innovation and collaboration team, it will look at the potential of the region to play a central plank in the Government’s “Build Back Better” plans.

Among the topics explored will be how German energy giant Uniper, which owns the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, plans to transition to climate-neutral energy generation by 2035.

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “With the seismic shift in the economy and the way businesses look to develop new ways to operate, there is no better time to focus on the opportunities and the potential for this agenda to deliver green shoots and economic opportunities.

“With its diverse business base, energy generation expertise and innovative acumen, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients and opportunity to be at the forefront of the future of energy generation, security, supply, storage and the wider pro-environmental agenda.

“The Prime Minister’s recent announcement that he wanted the UK to become a world leader in clean wind energy and accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050 very clearly laid out a pathway for the direction of our future economy.

“Building on a very enlightening 2019 event, this year’s East Midlands Energy Summit will provide a platform for businesses of all sizes to explore what the ‘Build Back Better’ agenda means for them and the roles they can play in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

“This isn’t just about sustainability for the sake of being greener, as this translates into the bottom line of businesses through efficiency and resilience.”

East Midlands Energy Summit 2020 topics

The East Midlands Energy Summit will include a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions, which will explore:

  • National policy driving and supporting change
  • Regional opportunities
  • How will this relate to reduced cost to business
  • Regional self-sufficiency to improve business resilience
  • Innovation and pivoting to create new energy-efficient products and services
  • How this can support the development of new business opportunities in new, more demanding, supply chains

The event is aimed at senior management, business owners and decision-makers from all sectors, as well as policymakers, local authorities and those working in any field in, or aligned to, the energy sector.

It will be of particular interest to individuals responsible for operations, facilities management, energy contract management, business sustainability and environmental activities.

East Midlands Energy Summit 2020 speakers

Speakers include:

  • Andy Nolan, development and sustainability director at the University of Nottingham
  • Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth
  • Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine
  • David Johnson, plant manager and site redevelopment manager for Uniper at Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station
  • Elizabeth Fagan, chairwoman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Seamus Garvey, professor of dynamics at and director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine and Transmission Systems at the University of Nottingham.

The East Midlands Energy Summit is sponsored by Chamber patron Connect 4 Group.

It will be delivered via the online platform GoToWebinar on Thursday 19 November from 9.30am to 11.45am, and is free to both members and non-members of the Chamber.

To book a place, click here.